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Gov. Walker appoints Michael Bitney to Barron Co. Circuit Court

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Madison (Press Release) - Governor Scott Walker appointed longtime district attorney, Michael Bitney, to serve as judge of the Barron County Circuit Court, Branch 2.

"Mike Bitney has spent 30 years working for public safety and justice in northern Wisconsin," said Governor Walker. "On the Barron County Circuit Court, he will be a fair and effective judge who follows the Constitution and treats everyone who comes before him with dignity and respect.  Mr. Bitney indicated in our interview that judges ought to be driven by the search for the truth, and I'm confident he will do just that in serving the people of Barron County."

Mr. Bitney has served as district attorney of neighboring Washburn County since 1993.  In that role, he has prosecuted over one hundred jury trials and thousands of non-jury trials.  Prior to his election as district attorney, he practiced general civil law and criminal law with the Bitney Law Firm in Spooner.

Circuit Court Judge John P. Anderson said of Mr. Bitney, "He is one of the hardest working, dedicated, and smart public sector attorneys in northern Wisconsin.  He has always shown a good grasp of the law, and has developed a reputation for being a fair but firm prosecutor.  He has always demonstrated an exemplary courtroom demeanor, keen trial instincts, and a likable personality."

Washburn County Sheriff Terry Dryden wrote in support of Mr. Bitney, "Over his many years as district attorney, Mike has vast experience in criminal prosecution, everything from homicide to criminal damage to property.  Mike has had several high profile cases involving homicide, criminal sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, and drug trafficking, not only in Washburn County, but as special prosecutor for other counties.  Mike has and still is working diligently for the protection of the public and our law enforcement officers."

Mr. Bitney earned his B.A. and J.D. from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He and his wife Nancy, an elementary school guidance counselor, have three teenage children.  Their family is active in the Boy Scouts of America, youth athletics, and their local church.  Mr. Bitney is also a volunteer firefighter.

Mr. Bitney will replace Judge Timothy Doyle, who retired on July 1, 2013.

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